Book Review- The Skincare Bible by Dr Anjali Mahto


We all know that taking good care of our skin is the key to any effective health and beauty regime. But with so much conflicting information out there, the path to healthy skin can seem far from clear.

Dr Anjali Mahto is one of the UK’s leading consultant dermatologists. Equipped with years of expertise and the most up-to-date evidence, she sets out to cut through the noise and distinguish the nuggets from the nonsense. Chia seeds won’t make your skin glow and lilac water is never going to reduce acne scarring. And, when it comes to the best products, high price doesn’t necessarily mean high quality.

Tackling common complaints such as acne and dryness, rosacea and aging, The Skincare Bible is your definitive companion to your body’s biggest organ. Clear, concise and packed full of tips on the best products and routines, it will help you discover what works for you and find confidence in your own skin. This is your expert guide to great skin – pure and simple.

‘A refreshing, fad-free guide to glowing skin. A must read for anyone struggling with their skin health’ Dr Megan Rossi

Published in paperback by Penguin Life 5th April 2018


My Thoughts:

I am 37. I’ve struggled with skin problems since I was 13, specifically cyclical inflammatory and cystic acne (which is as painful as it sounds) and post-inflammatory pigmentation. It has waved between mild and moderate over the years but it’s a persistent bugger that goes in to a feeding frenzy under the influence of hormones and, I’ve come to realise, is something I’m blessed with long-term. *Big sigh*. So this is not my first rodeo at researching good skin care. I won’t bore you with any more of my own personal skin woes but I’ve tried a lot of lotions & potions over the years; clearly when I spotted (aha!) this book from Dr Anjali Mahto I was definitely interested in what she had to say. I am so glad I bought it!

Not only a very knowledgeable and qualified Consultant Dermatologist but Dr Mahto has herself experienced acne throughout her teens and adults life. This combination results in a book that is both compassionate & detailed as well as no-nonsense and unbiased.


Though she challenges the whole money making industry that sells billions of products to people desperate for skin improvement, she helpfully details the products that she recommends personally, which I found very helpful (there are so many products out there it really is difficult to find the right ones that aren’t wrapped in hype/PR pushing just that work!). She sheds a lot of light on how companies often target skincare problems with clever marketing and phrases to encourage us to part with a lot of cash for a product that still contains chemicals & irritants (even if dressed up to be natural or “chemical free”) and helps you to make a more informed choice about what products to use and which are best to be avoided for your individual skin needs. There were several brands/products recommended that I’m familiar with myself (Pixi Glow Lotion, The Ordinary, Heliocare oil free gel SPF for example) but others that were interesting to note as well as prescription items and treatments that were covered in detail about precisely what they can help with and, fundamentally, what evidence-based results can be expected on a wide range of approaches.


You can follow Dr Mahto on Instagram where I first discovered her informative posts about good skin care. On her IG feed and stories there are actually a lot of areas of the book already covered as well as honest accounts of her own skincare journey and products she uses. You can glean a lot of valuable information and help from her social media posts but the book packages it all up neatly for a quick reference or a longer catch-up on what routines and methods to try. I liked how the book has different sections for different skincare issues (rosacea, acne, blackheads, pigmentation, age spots etc), nutshell guides at the end of each section, and tackles the mental health links and implications of skin conditions.

A really honest, straight-forward, positive book that is a great guide for anyone with skin concerns.



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